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From family-run business to international reality

Today Bft operates all over the world, with 20 branches and over 530 distributors in more than 120 countries.
We were founded in 1981 in Thiene, with the vocation: being available to our customers at all times, oriented towards those who work with our products.
A spirit that immediately allowed us to win the loyalty of those working in the installation and automation world.
The natural evolution was the acquisition of our strongest customers, and the opening of the first branch in Germany in 2002, which for us was the first step towards penetrating the local market and understanding the many facets of every country.
From that moment on, always focusing on full customer satisfaction, we began to diversify our services to suit every different culture.
Since 2004 we have been part of the Somfy group: this has given us the boost necessary to gain significant market shares and create a structured distribution network. A radical change that has determined the transition from passage from family-run business to small multinational.
Today the management of our international distribution network is divided up between the branches and the direct distributors.
In 2004 there were only three foreign companies, a number that was to increase tenfold in less than a decade. Until 2008 we recorded annual growth of 20%, rapidly developing our turnover.
For us, the passing of the 100 million turnover mark in 2012-2013 is just a step along the way. In fact, our aim in 2015 is to get to 150 million.

1981

Bft in Thiene

Creation of the Bft company in Thiene (VI).

1982

E5

Compact mechanical operator with articulated arm.

1984

LEM

Sturdy and reliable sliding operator.

1989

FL50

The first photocell to use the Fresnel lens.

1992

SUB

Monoblock in-ground hydraulic operator.

1994

MOOVI GET

The first Bft automatic door.

1996

New premises in Schio

Move to the new premises in Schio (VI).

1997

PROTON

The first electromechanical motor, precursor of the Phobos series.

1999

ROLLING CODE

An encoding system that manages remote control transmissions in complete safety, preventing any kind of external violation.

2000

SUPER

Control unit with fully digital serial adjustment based on an LCD.

2001

Extension of the warehouse

First large-scale extension of the warehouse in Schio (VI).

2002

The branch in Germany

The branch in Germany is opened.

2004

Somfy

Entry into Somfy group.

The branch in Spain

The branch in Spain is opened.

2005

The branch in Belgium

The branch in Belgium is opened.

2006

Sacs

Acquisition of SACS.

FASTNET

Simplified cabling system with the use of only 2 cables, allowing connection of all the devices to the control unit.

2007

The branch in Portugal

The branch in Portugal is opened.

2008

O&O

Acquisition of O&O.

ER-READY

Microprocessor encoding system allowing the direct cloning of remote controls.

AURA NEA

"ANPR" automatic number-plate reading system able to read registered car number-plates at the car park entry and exit without having to show anything at the column.

2009

New warehouse in Schio

A new warehouse used for logistics is acquired near the factory in Schio.

ERMES

Automatic communication system equipped with operator, allowing the automatic management of notification of alarms and events detected by a parking system, to mobile phones or email addresses.

2010

The branch in Turkey

The branch in Turkey is opened.

2012

French branches

New organisation with merger of the French branches.

AURA TUVA

Medium-range passive UHF tag reading system integrated in a parking system: allows motorists provided with the special tag sticker on the windscreen to enter and exit the car park without having to show anything at the entry column.

2013

BLUE ENTRY

Smartphone applications allowing the management of gates with a touch on the display.

INDUCTIVE ENCODER

Inductive encoder of all Maxima Ultra barriers with contactless technology for obstacle detection, ensuring immediate reversal of bar movement.

INVERTER

Introduction of the frequency Inverter on Maxima Ultra automatic barriers, ensuring outstanding performance and extremely quiet operation.

THEA

New photocell with Thea integrated flashing light, exclusive Bft patent.

2014

Certification

IWA14-1:2013 V/7200(N3C)/80/90 antiterrorism certification of the X-PAS B 330/1200 bollard complete with EFO system able to ensure rapid rising of the shaft (3 times faster than the standard opening time).

AXXEDO

Access control system thanks to which, operators can enable customers to access a gate in their car parks:by typing in the proximity reader the code read in the ticket, customers can access restricted areas such as service areas or the automatic pay station area.

U-LINK

Technological platform for maintenance and simplified management of the installations.

2015

The new Bft

The new Bft: a new organisation allowing a greater focus on product development based on the application context.

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Bft Training Academy

How do we face up to the challenge of the future? With training. Bft Academy runs free lessons, taught by Bft personnel, for both company employees and customers. The Academy offers a range of courses covering both technical and commercial subjects. An initiative that allows anyone working with Bft to develop their know-how, thus guaranteeing an increasingly professional service for users.
Customers can register with the Bft Academy on-line platform, enrolling in courses by consulting the published training calendar. They can download slides and documents and watch videos, using all the teaching materials needed to move on to the next level.

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Spare parts

In this section you can view the exploded diagrams of all Bft products. By separating and highlighting individual components, it is easy to identify the part to be replaced and request a new part.

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Magistro

Magistro is the Bft system used to quickly and intuitively manage the whole home automation system from home or remotely. A cutting-edge technology incorporated in Magistro Brain, the single concentrator that controls all the modules connected to the system.

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Axxedo

Axxedo is the access control system used to create distributed or centralised systems, with the full and total control of the functions, even off-line. Axxedo stands out for its system modularity and expandability, allowing you to modify the number and type of gates controlled without replacing any of the previously installed components. The range includes central management units and peripheral controllers that communicate with each other by bus or with free type wiring, controlled by the Axxedo soft management software, an immediate and intuitive programme. The connection without polarity not only makes wiring immediate but avoids the possibility of error for the installer and protects the system from connection inversion. Axxedo: modular, expandable, safe.

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Blue Entry

Practicality and safety combined in a single system. With Blue Entry, simply touch your smartphone screen or keep the app in auto mode to open the house gate. A simple solution making a remote control no longer necessary. At the same time, Blue Entry guarantees top security, allowing access only to smartphones configured in the accessory receiving the signal.

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U-SDK

Attention: To use the U-SDK software and find out all its functions, it is necessary to register at this website: ubase.azurewebsites.net

Is a programme which for the sake of simplicity is comparable to a driver for normal Pc devices. Via U-SDK, systems integrators can make other brands of home automation systems dialogue with Bft products interconnected in a U-link network. With an extremely simple syntax, this software translates external commands into the U-Link language. Every command can be interpreted by the Bft cards, which can at the same time produce information on the system status.

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U-Base 2, U-Base Cloud

Attention: To use the U-BASE 2 software and find out all its functions, it is necessary to register at this website: ubase.azurewebsites.net

U-Base 2 is a programme designed to facilitate the management and maintenance of a system interconnected via U-Link. With U-Base 2 it is possible to control and monitor all the operating parameters of an automated system.
U-Base cloud, proposed to U-Base 2 license holders, is a service that manages and maintains the systems, archiving them in the Bft cloud. The users enabled by the licence holder can quickly and precisely modify the system operating parameters and view the list of recorded alarms via a web connection.

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Home Access Automation

Give life to your home.

A wide range of innovative products suitable for every need: the solutions that Bft has designed for Home Access Automation. Easy to install and intuitive to use, our home automation systems are the result of ongoing technological research and an approach focused on the individual, with the aim of facilitating the installer's work and making life easier for the end user. The production of residential automation systems is an important sector for Bft, through which the company has grown to become an international Full Access Specialist.

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Building Access Automation

Technology at the service companies.

Bft offers cutting-edge solutions, designed to meet all the technical and operational needs of installers involved in the Building Automation Access sector. Over the years we have designed and created a wide range of technologically advanced products, supported by software able to control several operators at the same time, even remotely. Thanks to our expertise in access automation for industrial and commercial structures, we can offer installers not only the best products but also the technical support necessary for carrying out the work efficiently, through the organisation of on site training during installation and maintenance of the system.

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Urban Access Automation

A smarter city and on a human scale.

Systems for the management of car parks, road barriers, bollards and access control in city centres are some of the Bft products designed for the Urban Access Automation sector. Thanks to the expertise acquired over the years, our technicians can understand your needs and propose a custom offer, with particular attention to limiting costs. Bft dedicated Urban Traffic Management systems offer latest-generation solutions with high technological content and ensure qualified professional assistance during implementation and maintenance of the system.

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